2008 Belfort Lecture

Examination of the Cluster Structure of Amylopectins

Lecturer: Dr. Eric Bertoft | May 7, 2008

The 2008 Belfort Lecture was given by Dr. Eric Bertoft Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at the Whistler Center Belfort Lecture and Technical Conference held at Purdue University. The title of his presentation was "Examination of the Cluster Structure of Amylopectins".

Dr. Bertoft was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1953. In 1973 he moved to Turku, Finland, to study chemistry, biochemistry, and biology. After obtaining a master degree of science 1980, Dr. Bertoft worked for some years at industry as a R&D chemist and was the head of the laboratory at the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Turku, before returning to the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacy at Åbo Akademi University (which is the Swedish spoken university in Finland, meaning "The Academy of Turku"), where he received his Ph.D. in 1990. He has been teaching at Åbo Akademi since 1979 and became Docent in carbohydrate chemistry (corresponds approximately to Adjunct Professor) in 1993. His research concerning starch and its enzymatic degradation began in 1978 and has been presented in approx. 50 peer reviewed publications. Dr. Bertoft was a co-founder of the national Glycoscience Graduate School, which started in 2006.

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